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Burke and Hare (2010)

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A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

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John Landis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bailey ... Hangman
Tom Wilkinson ... Doctor Robert Knox
Michael Smiley ... Patterson
Tim Curry ... Doctor Monro
Paul Davis ... Patient
Christian Brassington ... Charles
Gabrielle Downey Gabrielle Downey ... Mad Maggie
Stuart McQuarrie ... Magistrate
Simon Pegg ... William Burke
Andy Serkis ... William Hare
Mike Goodenough Mike Goodenough ... Aggrieved Customer
Jessica Hynes ... Lucky
Robert Fyfe ... Old Donald
Robert Willox Robert Willox ... Gravediggers' Bouncer
David Schofield ... Fergus
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Storyline

Based on the true story about the famous murderers, this movie follows the hapless exploits of William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in nineteenth century Edinburgh, Scotland, then the center of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies.

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They're making a killing. See more »


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Rated R for some sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, and Michael Smiley appeared in Spaced (1999). See more »

Goofs

Hare comments that his wife Lucky has "fallen off the wagon" when she resumes drinking alcohol after a period of abstinence. The idiom of "falling off the wagon" would not be in used in Scotland at this time. The phrase originated in America very close to the start of the 20th century. See more »

Quotes

William Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself.
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

Connections

References Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961) See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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I sell the ...
30 December 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

While there was another movie with a similar theme, that I watched last year, I thought this would be superior to that one. I mean this is made by John Landis. So I was expecting quite a bit more from it, I have to admit. It does not disappoint completely, it just feels like a bit too light. There seems to be something missing. Character development is straightforward, but still it's nothing grand. Something I came to expect from a Landis movie.

Of course I might be nit-picking. The movie is not bad at all. It has quite a few comic moments (an intercourse scene that is just funny and could not be called arousing at all, works greatly, there are scenes of great comedy value besides that too), but there is still something missing to make it better. I would recommend a watch. I'd just say not to expect too much!

Edit: I just found out a month ago, that there is a very good chance, that there is another cut of this movie. A cut approved by Mr. Landis himself (which seems not to have been the case with this one) ... that would explain quite a lot ...


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$947, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$4,833

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,791,599
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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